Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Resources & Programs: Young Adults

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention for Students with Disabilities: A Call to Educators. ERIC Digest Article describes need for prevention and intervention and recommendations Visit Website     PALS: Prevention Works, All of us Together, Learning to Care, Special Modifications PALS Project has trained over 2,300 participating educators to adapt alcohol, tobacco, other drug (ATOD) and […]

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The social determinants of substance abuse in African American baby boomers: effects of family, media images, and environment.

Grounded theory methodology was used to explore the social processes involved in the use of illicit drugs in older African Americans as an underpinning to the development of approaches to nursing care and treatment. Interviews were conducted with six older African American substance users who were currently in drug treatment programs. Responses to the questions […]

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Confronting a neglected epidemic: tobacco cessation for persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems.

Tobacco use exerts a huge toll on persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, accounting for 200,000 of the annual 443,000 annual tobacco-related deaths in the United States. Persons with chronic mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population does, and smoking is the major contributor to that premature mortality. This population […]

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Treatment of tobacco dependence in mental health and addictive disorders.

People with mental health and addictive (MHA) disorders smoke at high rates and require tobacco treatment as a part of their comprehensive psychiatric care. Psychiatric care providers often do not address tobacco use among people with mental illness, possibly owing to the belief that their patients will not be able to quit successfully or that […]

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Treatment of smokers with co-occurring disorders: emphasis on integration in mental health and addiction treatment settings.

This article reviews the research on the treatment of cigarette smoking in individuals who have comorbid mental illnesses or non-nicotinic addictions. The prevalence of smoking in mentally ill and substance-abusing populations is presented, as well as reasons for this high prevalence. The historical role of cigarettes and tobacco in mental illness and addiction is reviewed […]

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Socio-economic status and problem alcohol use: the positive relationship between income and the DSM-IV alcohol abuse diagnosis.

AIMS: Epidemiological evidence indicates a positive relationship between income and the prevalence of alcohol abuse in the general population, but an inverse relationship between income and alcohol dependence. Among those with a diagnosis of alcohol abuse, the most prevalent criterion is hazardous use, which commonly requires sufficient resources to own or access a car. The […]

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Substance use, mental illness and violence: the co-occurrence of problem behaviors among young adults.

A paucity of research exists in which the co-occurrence of substance use, mental illness, and violence in young adults is examined. Concurrently, there is also a lack of research explicating the contribution of theoretically based risk factors for these problematic outcomes in this population. This lack of both outcome and explanatory research equally affects the […]

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Survey of clinician attitudes toward smoking cessation for psychiatric and substance abusing clients.

The current study examined mental health clinician attitudes regarding smoking cessation for psychiatric and substance abusing patients. Participants included n = 15 never smokers, n = 12 former smokers, and n = 7 current smokers. There was a trend (p = 0.08) for current smokers as compared to former and never smokers to be less […]

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The impact of depressive symptoms on alcohol and cigarette consumption following treatment for alcohol and nicotine dependence.

BACKGROUND: Although depression is common among alcohol and tobacco dependent patients, its impact on treatment outcomes is not well established. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of depressive symptoms on abstinence from tobacco and alcohol after treatment for alcohol dependence and nicotine dependence. METHODS: The Timing of Alcohol and Smoking Cessation […]

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Addressing smoking in community drug abuse treatment programs: practical and policy considerations.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. This public health problem is of particular concern among individuals with substance use disorders in that they smoke at a greater rate than the general public. Smoking-related illness represents a major source of preventable death in persons with drug dependencies. Substance abuse treatment […]

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